On this day in 1756, British Captain William Hervey recorded in his journal that “It rained so hard we were obliged to remain there [Fort Hardy at Saratoga/Schuylerville] all day, the roads being so bad after rain that the wagons cannot go on, and there is no carriage by water from this to the next Fort, six miles, called Fort Miller”; in 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence; in 1777, near Fort Ticonderoga, English General Burgoyne offers a pardon if colonists lay down their arms; in 1876, General Bullard delivered the centennial oration at Schuylerville, upon the grounds where Burgoyne had surrendered and it was published in pamphlet form, and furnished to many of the libraries of the country. in 1937, over 400 people attended a donkey softball game at Fort Hardy Park, the principal celebration event of the Fourth, in which the Easy Aces scored a 10 to 9 victory against the Victory-Northumberland Stars; in 1948, Owen Holland’s Yacht Basin officially opened; in 1976, the United States celebrated its Bicentennial; and in 2010 there was a naturalization of 20 individuals at the Saratoga National Historical Park.
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(Thank you to Deputy Historian Patricia Peck and former Historian Thomas Wood for compiling information for this timetable.)